29 June 2019
The other day, one of our local plan learning groups looked at how local plans deal with neighbourhood plans being prepared within their area.
As a generality, local plans seem to either ignore neighbourhood plans altogether, without even acknowledging that they are being prepared; or to try to limit their freedom by asserting that all or most local plan policies are strategic policies.
However, there are good examples, where local plans clearly recognise the role to be played by neighbourhood plans, particularly where made NDPs include site allocations or plans in preparation intend to do so. Read more
11 December 2018
It is ironical that having put in place a standard method for determining housing need based on household projections, the Government has found that the change in the methodology for the 2018 projections means they are simply not a suitable basis for doing so. The projections show big reductions in many local authority areas, partly because of falling in-migration, but also because they effectively “bake-in” the effects of the recession and suppressed demand.
29 October 2018
The scale of change in the revised NPPF from the original makes it tricky to see where policy has been carried forward or changed. So we have prepared two tables which will help in tracking how it has changed. Read more
03 September 2018
We’ve launched our new website and we’re excited to introduce you to our new look. We hope you’ll find it attractive to use and convenient to navigate, and that it readily provides you with the information you need about our services. Read more